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deputygeorgie Feb 19, 2014 10:41 PM

I made hamburger helper tonight. The stroganoff variety. I liked it as a kid, doctored up with sour cream and Worcestershire sauce. I have basically been sick ever since. What foods did you eat when you were young that you can't tolerate now?

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    Isolda Feb 26, 2014 12:15 PM

    American "cheese"
    Vienna sausage and mayo sandwiches
    Sugary cereals

    1. AntarcticWidow Feb 26, 2014 10:51 AM

      Soft-cooked eggs. Mom made them for breakfast and never cooked them long enough so the whites weren't set all the way. Huge ick factor at 7 years old. I would plead with her to cook them until the yolk had a green ring around it.

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        BobbieSue Feb 26, 2014 05:14 AM

        Also, ultra-chocolately foods. Any chocolate other than milk chocolate (and sometimes that does too) gives me migraines. :(

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          BobbieSue Feb 26, 2014 05:11 AM

          Whole milk. I get physically ill, it's awful. Even 2% affects me. But I can drink as much fat free milk now as I'd like. Better for me, anyway! Fortunately or unfortunately, not all fat makes me sick, lol.

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            JudiAU Feb 24, 2014 09:06 PM

            Among my finest childhood creations are A1 sauce on untoasted white bread and baloney rolled around Miracle Web.

            Milk to drink. I just think it is kind of bizarre now.

            We ate pretty well when I was a kid and cooked a lot of our meals after age 9 but those two really stick out.

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              laliz Feb 26, 2014 09:58 AM

              yea, me too with the baloney around miracle whip and the milk to drink. Could not do it now. Adn I drank gallons of whole milk as a kid.

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              noodlepoodle Feb 24, 2014 05:08 PM

              Creamed corn

              Broiled eels (I didn't mind it then, but seeing them today at the fish counter makes my skin crawl)

              1. MamasCooking Feb 21, 2014 11:32 PM

                Calves liver with onions. Venison in any form. Fresh oyster stew or oyster stuffing ( love smoked oysters).Lamb in any form. Salmon croquettes. Stewed tomatoes. Scalloped corn. Vienna sausages in a can. Canned raviolis and canned spaghetti-o's.

                1. monavano Feb 21, 2014 06:44 PM

                  I would add darn near most of the cereals I ate as a kid- cavities in a bowl!

                  1. emglow101 Feb 21, 2014 06:37 PM

                    Dinty Moore beef stew.

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                      cornedhash Feb 21, 2014 11:53 PM

                      Oh totally. Remember the fat cap on that thing?

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                      Bellachefa Feb 21, 2014 03:12 PM

                      Gordon's Codfish Cakes in a can. We sliced them in four, griddled them in butter in a cast iron griddle and served them all buttery crusty, steaming hot on toasted Arnold bread with Hellman's mayo.

                      They no longer make them. I would love to taste them again and see if they are repulsive.

                      1. Sandwich_Sister Feb 21, 2014 03:05 PM

                        Pop tarts. I've never really loved them but now I find them disgusting and cruddy.

                        Pizza Hut Pizza - Was it better back in the 80's or was I just a kid?

                        Kraft Mac & Cheese - No way. My mom stopped giving it to us midway through our childhood and started making home made baked mac and cheese. So much better

                        Cold Hotdogs

                        Chef Boyardee anything.

                        Fish Sticks but as a kid I would only eat them with tarter sauce when all the rest of the kids would eat them with ketchup. I still love tarter sauce.

                        Deviled Ham Sandwiches, my brother still loves them. I tease him and call them cat food sandwiches.

                        that white cheesy popcorn in a chip bag stuff. gahhhh! What was I thinking.

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                        1. re: Sandwich_Sister
                          monavano Feb 21, 2014 06:38 PM

                          Chef Boyardee was a real treat as a kid. Now I think I'd find it sickly sweet and mushy.
                          I do, however, LOVE the white cheesy popcorn and manage to make a mess of myself whenever I indulge.

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                            tcamp Feb 26, 2014 07:48 AM

                            I love the white cheesy popcorn and have asked for it to be banned from the house.

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                          kagemusha49 Feb 21, 2014 02:08 PM

                          Breast milk

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                            boyzoma Feb 21, 2014 03:10 PM

                            OMG - you just made me spit out my wine! LOL. Thank you for the yucks.

                          2. monavano Feb 21, 2014 01:42 PM

                            The thought of rootbeer and milk doesn't strike my fancy so much anymore.

                            1. Gastronomos Feb 21, 2014 01:40 PM

                              Delfa Roll

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                                jjjrfoodie Feb 21, 2014 01:14 PM

                                Sauerkraut. And boiled pork ribs.
                                Was part of a weekly regimen of mom crafted foods I still abhore.
                                Same for me with corned beef and cabbage.

                                Yet I;m good with cole slaw and sweet purple German braised cabagge though.

                                Grew up eating calves liver with bacon and onions and lost touch with it but now I love it.

                                I'm just not a food phobe. Sorry.

                                Love me my Cap'n Crunch w/milk on the weekends and Chef Bor-R Dee and Blue Box Kraft mac and cheese when i need a big "food hug".

                                As mentioned above, I do also do Hamburger Helper maybe once every 3 months, but am always disappointed , but it's fine as a lunch packer to eat up.

                                I;ve weened myself off of most of what I've eaten growing up aside from the healthy stuff.

                                Moosewood cookbook gift post college was a revelation to me.

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                                  cornedhash Feb 21, 2014 06:41 PM

                                  +1 for "food hug". Sometimes that's really all/what you need.

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                                    deputygeorgie Feb 24, 2014 05:18 AM

                                    I really like 'food hug'. I think that's what I was going for with the Hamburger Helper.

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                                      tcamp Feb 26, 2014 07:49 AM

                                      You should make your own hamburger helper. Food hug with an extra squeeze or two.

                                    2. dave_c Feb 21, 2014 12:55 PM

                                      Sugared breakfast cereals.
                                      They all taste much too sweet to me now.

                                      I remember spooning sugar on top of corn flakes and drinking the sugar slurry leftover in the bowl. No way I can stomach that now. Fond memories though. :-)

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                                        Jerseygirl111 Feb 21, 2014 12:30 PM

                                        Peanut butter. I feel it in my chest all day.

                                        Cukes, peppers, repeat on me but I still eat them.

                                        Tomato sauce.

                                        Beef broth, sometimes if I eat onion soup with beef broth, oy.

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                                          charlesbois Feb 21, 2014 08:45 AM

                                          La Choy. You know, that nasty chop suey in a can? Even though we had some lovely and authentic Chinese food on the regular as a kid, I still loved La Choy and begged for it on trips to the grocery store. Now I know why my mom only rarely indulged me. It is so bad! I bought some for laughs a few years ago and just could not stomach it after a few bites.

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                                            BuildingMyBento Feb 20, 2014 03:33 PM

                                            Chocolate-covered citrus peels. I think I only ate the peels because they were coated in chocolate.

                                            Many canned soups.

                                            Pot pies without lobster...

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                                              laliz Feb 20, 2014 11:14 AM

                                              Pickled Beets
                                              Miracle Whip
                                              Canned Salmon
                                              TV Dinners (Swanson variety)
                                              Fish Sticks

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                                                JTPhilly Feb 20, 2014 09:28 AM

                                                We never had much convenience food in the house growing up but I remember on occasion enjoying canned pasta like spaghetti-Os or sugar cereal like Lucky Charms would not think to eat them now - canned soup like Chicken and Stars I find really yucky now too. I did used to get very excited about Old El Paso Taco kit night - a rare occasional treat - blech and why? Its just not so hard to make tacos without a kit of salty seasoning and stale (usually broken) shells.

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                                                  SaraAshley Feb 20, 2014 11:21 AM

                                                  Ohhhh......I still enjoy Old El Paso Taco kit tacos. Loved them as a kid, and still do. There's nothing really like them. It's not my favorite type of taco, but I still crave and enjoy them to this day.

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                                                    boyzoma Feb 20, 2014 02:42 PM

                                                    I used to love spaghetti o's as a child. A few years ago, I had surgery and couldn't eat anything firm. So on a whim I bought a can of the stuff. After a couple of bites, I tossed the stuff! It was awful. Right along with the "Chef Boyardee" mac and cheese. Blech! I also used to love "Noodles Romanoff" and found an online recipe for replication. Another epic failure.

                                                    On another note, I grew up in a Mom & Pop grocery store (our house was attached), so there was almost anything at our disposal.

                                                  2. shaogo Feb 20, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                    Anything in a can from Chef Boy-Ar-Dee. "American" Cheese. Pop-Tarts.

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                                                      Linda VH Feb 20, 2014 09:22 AM

                                                      Because of Silent Acid Reflux - tomatoes (absolutely love them and were part of my everyday diet), citrus (ditto), carbonated beverages, etc. Stopped eating anything tomato for quite a while. Broke down the other night and had pizza - had indigestion all night and into the morning. It was good pizza but not worth it. Neither of my two guys had a problem so it wasn't the pizza.

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                                                        singlemalt Feb 20, 2014 07:42 AM

                                                        pickled pigs feet. The local butcher used to keep a big jar of them on the meat counter. Every now and then my mother would buy me one. I used to think they were delicious.

                                                        1. jrvedivici Feb 20, 2014 06:24 AM

                                                          I won't say food from my childhood so much as food from my life that as I get older I cannot eat anymore, especially as a late meal or dinner.

                                                          Onions....anything with too many onions will have me up all night.

                                                          Tomato/red sauce, same thing...too much acid.

                                                          Soda/carbonated beverages of any kind at any time of the day no longer result in a pleasant experience for me, or those in a room with me. ((wink wink))

                                                          Espresso......God I love my espresso....but at night it will repeat on me. I have noticed though if I cut it with enough sambucca it seems to help cure the after affects.

                                                          I've actually diagnosed myself with ulcers. I was having a real bad time a couple weeks ago with daily agida/heartburn but on an atomic level, anything I ate or drank, including water would burn and repeat on me. I just finished a 2 week dosage of Prevacid and knock on wood have been fine, although I haven't really "pushed" it by trying any of the above listed items. I'm hoping this break from the constant heartburn continues.

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                                                          1. re: jrvedivici
                                                            greygarious Feb 20, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                            If you have a chronic minor cough and are hoarse in the morning, try diagnosing yourself with Barrett's esophagus rather than ulcers....unless you don't mean stomach ulcers.

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                                                              fldhkybnva Feb 20, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                              I was going to mention that but wanted to avoid any medical chatter. However, since you brought it up, if that returns jrvedivici, you should really get it checked it. Barrett's is the leading cause of esophageal cancer in America, just FYI, not to be a fear monger.

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                                                                jrvedivici Feb 20, 2014 03:18 PM

                                                                No cough what so ever and not horse in the morning either. Thank you very much for the heads up/concern. I'm fairly sure they are stomach ulcers from my research.

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                                                                  fldhkybnva Feb 20, 2014 03:26 PM

                                                                  Hopefully the Prevacid knocked out those buggy bacteria :)

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                                                                    Ttrockwood Feb 20, 2014 09:33 PM

                                                                    Please please have your dr check it out- internet self diagnosis isn't yet 100% accurate. ;)

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                                                                      Chemicalkinetics Feb 20, 2014 09:42 PM

                                                                      Sometime (and quiet often) that Dr are not 100% accurate. In fact, I had to tell my doctor what tests (blood work) were needed to diagnose/narrow down my potential disease. In my case, it turned out to be nothing, but his initial order of the test was incomplete. I had to follow up and point it out to him.

                                                                      Self diagnosis can be very powerful.

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                                                                        jrvedivici Feb 21, 2014 06:29 AM

                                                                        If I do wind up going to the Dr. maybe you can come with me CK!?!?! Hold my hand if I have to get a shot!

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                                                                          Chemicalkinetics Feb 21, 2014 11:40 PM

                                                                          I have a feeling that your wife won't be very happy if I hold your hand. :)

                                                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                                                            jrvedivici Feb 22, 2014 10:09 AM

                                                                            I'm pretty sure my wife would let you have me in swap for a good soup recipe.

                                                                        2. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                                                          Virginian Feb 22, 2014 09:49 AM

                                                                          Yes, powerful; but seldom accurate.

                                                                        3. re: Ttrockwood
                                                                          jrvedivici Feb 21, 2014 06:29 AM

                                                                          I have had pretty good luck with internet self diagnosis.....one time I was nauseous every morning for about two weeks, the first thing to cross my mind was "Oh God it's morning sickness" then I looked on line and found out, I'm a guy so it's definitely not that! Just a touch of the flu!

                                                                          But thank you again for your concern, so far so good. Day 3 since end of the 2 week treatment and no issues at this point. (fingers crossed)

                                                                    2. re: jrvedivici
                                                                      John E. Feb 21, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                      If you are having acid reflux issues you really should consult a physician (if you are not already). My brother's MIL lived with the problem for years and ended up with esophageal cancer.

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                                                                        boyzoma Feb 21, 2014 03:07 PM

                                                                        I, too, agree with seeing a physician. I had surgery several years ago in which they finally discovered 2 problems. 1st - Hiatal Hernia, which they repaired and 2nd - severe acid reflux (which had me tossing cookies every day for month's). They ended up repairing the hernia and also put a mesh around the bottom of my esophagus which has stopped the reflux. I eat small meals now, but it was so worth it. I felt like I had morning sickness for months (and I am no spring chicken and pregnancy is impossible anyway). I can't say enough - check with your Dr. I am so much better off now. thank heavens.

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                                                                          John E. Feb 22, 2014 08:33 PM

                                                                          I also read somewhere that ulcers are not caused by stress, but by bactetia. I guess stress makes things worse however.

                                                                          My eldest brother had acid reflux. He had to stop drinking coffee which caused headaches, but he got the proper medication and seems to be ok.

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                                                                            fldhkybnva Feb 23, 2014 06:52 AM

                                                                            This is true, hence my statement above "Hopefully the Prevacid knocked out those buggy bacteria :)."

                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                              kagemusha49 Feb 23, 2014 07:42 AM

                                                                              Helicobacter pylori is the bacterium that causes ulcers and also some types of gastrointestinal cancer. It can be eliminated by a 2 week course that involves taking a couple of antibiotics and some pepto-bismol (whose taste IMHO is disgusting). I've never had this problem but I think that 2 weeks suffering through the cure is worth it. I believe the mortality rate from g.i. cancer is above 90% within 2 years.

                                                                              1. re: kagemusha49
                                                                                fldhkybnva Feb 23, 2014 08:22 AM

                                                                                I call them helicopters (I spend my days as a GI pathologist) and yes it is a leading cause of esophageal cancer in the US but again I only alluded to it as it's not really the topic of this thread and jrvedivici seems to have figured out an OTC treatment.

                                                                      2. re: jrvedivici
                                                                        schrutefarms Feb 26, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                        If you are having any kind of acid reflux, a shot of unfiltered apple cider vinegar (must have the "mother") 3X a day for two weeks completely cured me and it's never come back :)

                                                                        1. re: schrutefarms
                                                                          jrvedivici Feb 26, 2014 10:01 AM

                                                                          Knock on wood my stomach has held up now 1 week post the 2 week Prevacid treatment. Last night was actually a fairly good test, I had espresso after dinner as well as a Grand Marnier (I haven't been able to enjoy that in a long, long time) and my belly was fine!!

                                                                          I will keep the apple cider in mind God forbid the need arises again. What do you mean by "must have the mother"?

                                                                          1. re: jrvedivici
                                                                            fldhkybnva Feb 26, 2014 10:26 AM

                                                                            "Must have the mother" = unfiltered, unpasteurized like Bragg's brand ACV.

                                                                            I have no idea if it helps acid reflux, but I love vinegar, drink it regularly. It's a little different than your usual beverage of choice I think jrvedivici. I drink it straight up which I wouldn't advise for many reasons, if anyone feels the need to drink ACV might want to mix with some water and swish afterwards.

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                                                                              schrutefarms Feb 26, 2014 11:20 AM

                                                                              Make sure it's apple cider VINEGAR, not just apple cider :) although that would be a nice treat!! If you go into any health food store or if you have a Whole Foods, pick up a bottle of Braggs apple cider vinegar--it says on the label that it contains the "mother" (which is a cloudy, thick looking sunstance in the vinegar that is not filtered out and contains all the things which make apple cider vinegar so great and healing!) It also helps with weight loss, halitosis, it puts shine in your hair and is great on salads!

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                                                                                jrvedivici Feb 26, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                                                Thanks, I'll look into this if it comes back. (fingers crossed it doesn't) How long has it been since you've done it and been worry free?

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                                                                                  schrutefarms Feb 26, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                  Hope it doesn't come back for you!! I had it about 6 years ago, only the one time, but it was really painful and uncomfortable, and it's never come back since. I still always have it on hand though, for cooking and the occasional shot.

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                                                                                    Gastronomos Feb 26, 2014 11:34 AM


                                                                          2. tcamp Feb 20, 2014 06:07 AM

                                                                            I can't think of any "cannot eat" foods but plenty of "don't eat" foods. Kraft mac and cheese, velveeta, TV dinners, diet soda, chocolate milk, and more.

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                                                                              greygarious Feb 20, 2014 03:05 PM

                                                                              Agreed. The OP seems to have meant foods which result in some form of illness or discomfort but most of the responses cite things the idea of which the responder now finds offputting, and has not tasted in years.

                                                                              When I was younger, I knew that I would have cramps and the runs soon after eating blueberries, strawberries, or pancake syrup. Never stopped me from eating them, just meant only having them at home. I haven't had trouble with them in over 30 yrs (now in my 60's). There are certainly things I used to ear that I *don't* now, but nothing that I *can't*, as long as I follow a high-fiber diet and don't eat close to bedtime.

                                                                            2. mcsheridan Feb 20, 2014 04:52 AM

                                                                              Sardines. My father would mash them up, put them on Silvercup bread, add a liitle ketchup, and we'd devour them. I remember liking it. Wouldn't go near a sardine now - with or without ketchup.

                                                                              Canned macaroni of any variety.

                                                                              Cocoa puffs.

                                                                              Cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. A Bizarro-world concoction if there ever was one. Yuck.

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                                                                                nlgardener Feb 19, 2014 11:16 PM

                                                                                Miracle Whip
                                                                                Green bean casserole
                                                                                Wonder Bread
                                                                                Popcorn with milk for breakfast
                                                                                Cool Whip
                                                                                Jello "salads"
                                                                                Powdered milk
                                                                                Rubbery American "cheese"
                                                                                Campbell's tomato soup
                                                                                Instant Rice
                                                                                Hungry Man fried chicken dinner (ok - so this was a college stoner staple - still in my "youth" lol)

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                                                                                  JTPhilly Feb 20, 2014 08:44 AM

                                                                                  I am pretty sure I could still put down a Hungry Man Fried Chicken under the right circumstances I just don't buy them anymore - if one was in my freezer there is all likelihood it would get eaten - but yes they are terrible especially when nuked.

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                                                                                    cornedhash Feb 21, 2014 06:34 PM

                                                                                    I buy a Hungry Man Fried Chicken dinner about once a year for pure nostalgia and deliciousness then sit in a salt and carb stupor for 12 hours afterward.

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                                                                                    UTgal Feb 20, 2014 09:49 AM

                                                                                    Ditto on Miracle Whip.

                                                                                    Nothing else comes to mind.

                                                                                  3. SaraAshley Feb 19, 2014 11:10 PM

                                                                                    Probably a lot of foods. Kids cuisines (frozen TV dinner for kids) I used to have them for lunch a lot, but seeing them on the shelves now, they look disgusting. Oscar Meyer Bologna used to be a treat for me when I'd go to a friend's house since my Mom never bought it, but it grosses me out now. McChickens from McDonalds. I used to enjoy them in all their mayonnaise goodness ( hate mayo now) and the chicken is suspect. Probably a lot of processed chicken products. Any frozen chicken nuggets I used to eat and love as a kid, I'm sure after examining the meat I wouldn't touch now. Regular Coke! I'm addicted to Diet now and no longer like the taste of regular.

                                                                                    I never had hamburger helper often enough as a kid to remember it, but I'm pretty sure I'd find it more palatable today than the other things I mentioned above. Also, I can definitely still tolerate Chuck E Cheese pizza. I'm sure if I can eat frozen ones, I can eat their's.

                                                                                    1. Chemicalkinetics Feb 19, 2014 10:46 PM

                                                                                      <I have basically been sick ever since>

                                                                                      What do you mean by "sick"?

                                                                                      There are foods which I no longer able to find and therefore cannot eat, but that is not what you were referring.

                                                                                      I cannot think of any food which I used to able to eat, but no longer able to. I suppose the one that comes closest is the Chuck E Cheese pizza, maybe. I had fond memories of going to Chuck E. Cheese as a kid. Then, I stopped going for decades. About 4 years ago, I decided to walk into one. What a revelation! I hate the pizza there.

                                                                                      I don't know if the pizza quality has taken a major drive, or that the pizza was always bad and I just didn't notice it when I was a kid.

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                                                                                        deputygeorgie Feb 19, 2014 11:33 PM

                                                                                        Basically, I've felt bad since eating it. Belly ache and headache.

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                                                                                          Chefpaulo Feb 20, 2014 09:29 AM

                                                                                          Coming from a meat eating family In my childhood and having been "off the hoof" for over 30 years, I concur that changes in diet can render one intolerant. I had a medium-sized cheeseburger with my nephew four years ago and experienced 30 hours of abdominal discomfort. Also, after a significant gallbladder attack during Super Bowl of 1990, I no longer eat triple-stuffed cheese pizza. Both the burger (and more than one) and multiple slices of cheese pizza were well tolerated in my youth but no more.

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                                                                                            Chemicalkinetics Feb 20, 2014 02:57 PM

                                                                                            This is weird. Why was my response to you get deleted? Anyway, I just wanted to say that I wasn't sure if you meant "sick" as in "tried of" something. Thanks for your answer.

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                                                                                              deputygeorgie Feb 24, 2014 05:11 AM

                                                                                              By clue! I didn't even realize anyone else had responded. I wish I was just tired of it but I ended up not being able to look that stroganoff in the eye.

                                                                                            2. re: deputygeorgie
                                                                                              Bellachefa Feb 21, 2014 03:08 PM

                                                                                              too much sodium and added sour cream will make you sick

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